The Seven-Year Ache – The Tribulation [Podcast]

Matthew 23:37-24:27; Revelation 13:1-10

Immediately following the Rapture of the church begins a seven-year period of extremes. Initially the time appears wonderful, as the Middle East finally will have peace. But halfway through the seven years, having developed a United States of Europe, the Beast will break his covenant with Israel, rule the world, and persecute both Jews and new believers. God also will unleash His wrath on the unbelieving world, so that they might repent and believe in response to a massive evangelistic campaign.

Never before in the history of the world has the stage been set so clearly preparing for the days of tribulation. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and be spared the wrath of God to come on the whole world.

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God’s Next Big Event – The Rapture [Podcast]

1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 15:50-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Contrary to Hollywood, the next prophetic event isn’t the Antichrist or Armageddon. Believers are not due to experience wrath, but instead, Rapture from wrath! The Rapture of the church is imminent, instantaneous, and immortal.

Having this certain hope, believers should serve diligently while waiting . . . for we know that such service will be evaluated at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

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Wayne’s Interview on the "Power Hour" with Pat Williams

Want to hear about traveling to Bethlehem and the shepherds’ field, modern Jerusalem and the place of Jesus’ death and resurrection, the beauty of the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and Ceasarea? Listen in as Pat Williams from WTLN interviews Wayne Stiles on the “Power Hour” about Wayne’s book, Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.

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Who Cares About Tomorrow? [Podcast]

John 14

In a culture that lives for the moment, a series on biblical prophecy may seem like a waste of time. But one-fourth of the Bible was prophetic when it was written, God must have critical lessons to teach us there.

We study prophecy because prophecy gives purpose and priority to life, peace amidst confusion, and a stronger faith once prophecy is fulfilled. Jesus challenged us to live not as if there’s no tomorrow, but obediently, and in light of the certainty of His coming.

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Voting Isn’t Everything

I sat in a congregation where the pastor gave us a laugh after he urged every one of us to vote.

He cited Ecclesiastes 10:2 as a motivation:

“A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left.” —Ecclesiastes 10:2

Pray as well as vote.

And while we all appreciated his wit, we also understood the significance of our responsibility to vote.

In addition, the Bible gives us another duty, just as significant—perhaps more so—that works in tandem with our voting card:

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:1–2).

We should pray for the election.

We should pray that the effects of our president’s administration would allow us to “lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” Or to paraphrase Paul’s words, pray that political laws and circumstances may be favorable for the message of the gospel and for the living of its commands.

Our temptation after we vote—especially after the election—will be to return to business as usual. But even after our votes are cast and counted, our responsibility to pray for our government remains a regular part of our lives as Christians.

As Americans, we should vote. But voting isn’t everything. As Christians, we should pray. These work in tandem.